State of Alabama
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This page includes a brief summary of provincial/state laws regulating ATV / Off-highway vehicle use current to April 2012. It is not intended as an absolute reference as laws are subject to change without notice and many potential prohibited acts may be covered by other legislation or statutes. It is recommended that you consult with the latest version of state statutes or provincial legislation.
General prohibited acts that may not be covered by specific OHV legislation include trespassing on private property, unlawful use of OHV on public highways, reckless use of off-highway vehicles, operation of off-highway vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, damage to public or private property or damage to natural habitats or protected areas which are all unlawful in every province and state.
Preamble

ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in the state of Alabama under section 32 of the Alabama code. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

For more information on Alabama ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Alabama OHV Act.




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Operation along certain beaches and dunes prohibited

It is unlawful to operate an ATV or other off highway vehicle on sand dunes or beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.


Operation on public roadways and highways prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways and highways is prohibited except to cross such roadways.


Operation on private property without permission prohibited
It is unlawful to operate off-highway vehicles on private property without prior permission of the landowner.




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OHV Registration / Permit

OHV registration is not currently required in Alabama, however non-residents are recommended to possess valid out-of-state registration and registration decals on the vehicle.



For More Information
This page represents a general summary of applicable state laws which apply to the operation of an off-highway vehicle. Laws are subject to change and laws other than specific off-highway vehicle related laws may be in place which may directly or indirectly apply to the operation of a off-highway vehicle in certain circumstances. Please consult with your state statutes if you have any questions.
For more information on Alabama ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Alabama OHV Act.